"The preservers of our history are as heroic as those who make it."—Pat Neff, Texas Govenor, 1921–1925
In the old Saturday matinée Westerns, you always knew who the hero was. He wore a white Stetson, followed the Code of the West, and had a powerful moral compass. His selfless dedication to the public good brought new order and prosperity that lingered long after he rode away into the sunset. Modern heroes may not wear iconic garb or ride a valiant steed, but their contributions have the same effect. Today’s heroes can still be identified by a generous spirit and a commitment to the greater good.
In keeping with the spirit of the old west hero, The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission formed a special group of philanthropists — the Texas Heroes — who provide financial support to help preserve the rich and colorful history of our state, educate Texans about our shared heritage, and celebrate the real people helping real places tell the real stories of Texas
Be a Friend to the Texas Historical Commission. Join the Texas Heroes at one of the following levels:
Scouts make an unrestricted annual gift of $1,000 to support key projects and unique opportunities
Guardians give a yearly contribution of $2,000 or more. Half of the gift supports strategic initiatives on an annual basis and half is a restricted contribution to the Texas Heroes Endowment that provides long-term stable support for the Texas Historical Commission.
Legends donate $25,000 or more to the Texas Heroes Endowment, which supports a variety of strategic initiatives of the Texas Historical Commission. The corpus is invested and never spent while a percentage of the annual earnings will be used to support key projects. Donors interested in supporting the Texas Heroes Endowment may fund the endowment with a single outright gift over a period of up to five years using cash or stock. Legends members are recognized as Lifetime Members of the Texas Heroes.
Together, we will ensure that our state's historic sites and resources are preserved for the education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of future generations of Texans.